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Follow these Mold safety tips if you suspect mold

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of LBL South for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of LBL South specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 731-642-1284 SERVPRO OF LBL SOUTH

Does your home have a Mold problem?

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem give us a call today and we can inspect your home or business and assess your property and we can use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to re-mediate your mold infestation. Our experienced and professional staff will be glad to come out and give and estimate today.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 731-642-1284 

SERVPRO of LBL South

Smoke and Soot Cleanup

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of LBL South will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 731-642-1284

What is the meaning of Memorial Day?

5/18/2018 (Permalink)

What is the meaning of Memorial Day, and how is this different from Veterans Day? This U.S. federal holiday is celebrated on the last Monday of May to honor the men and women who have died while serving in the military.

The custom of honoring ancestors by cleaning cemeteries and decorating graves is an ancient and worldwide tradition, but the specific origin of Memorial Day, or Decoration Day as it was first known, are unclear.

In early rural America, this duty was usually performed in late summer and was an occasion for family reunions and picnics. After the Civil War, America’s need for a secular, patriotic ceremony to honor its military dead became prominent, as monuments to fallen soldiers were erected and dedicated, and ceremonies centering on the decoration of soldiers’ graves were held in towns and cities throughout the nation.

After World War I, the day expanded to honor those who have died in all American wars.

No less than 25 places have been named in connection with the origin of Memorial Day, and states observed the holiday on different dates. In 1971, Memorial Day became a national holiday by an act of Congress; it is now celebrated on the last Monday in May.

Many people confuse Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Memorial Day is a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle.

While those who died are also remembered, Veterans Day is the day set aside to thank and honor ALL who served—in wartime or peacetime—and whether they died or survived. Veterans Day is always observed officially on November 11, regardless of the day of the week on which it falls. 

A Letter to Moms

5/13/2018 (Permalink)

I love that we set aside a whole day to honor and celebrate the women who raised us. My mom was an amazing mother who dedicated her life to her two daughters. She was selfless yet strong- and the most beautiful woman I know. Mother’s Day holds a special place in my own heart because of the little ones who made me a mom. I love waking up to their little feet creeping down the stairs in the morning, little kisses on the cheeks, and their imaginative stories and play. These are the moments that remind me motherhood is a gift, and fostering these little people’s growth is my favorite job of all. 

To honor, here is a letter from another mom, Joanna Gaines, who inspires many females and mothers to celebrate the season we are in. I could not put it in any better words than what she beautifully expresses here. 

"You are enough.
I think at times all moms get this insecure feeling of “I’m not doing enough.”  As a working mom, it’s the hardest when my kids grab onto me as I’m walking out the door and say, “Mommy please stay home!” I don’t want to ignore that, so I always explain to them that being with them is my favorite thing in the world. I explain that I have to work just like they have to go to school. I also let them know what I’m doing at work that day—whether it’s filming the show or going into the office—and what time I’ll be home. Taking a  few seconds to let them in on this other huge part of my life has really helped them understand that mom and dad have a big job to do.

I have had to find creative ways to connect with the kids during the day now that I work, to let them know I am always thinking of them. I’ll send them a little note in their lunchbox or surprise them and pick them up early from school for a fun date.

When I was staying home these same feelings of “not doing enough” would find their way into my mind. In that season I spent a lot of time focusing on balance. Nap time was when I got things done. Whether it was folding laundry, prepping dinner, writing my blog or doing design work—that was my time. It was important I kept myself creatively fed during those years, so I never let myself be filled with feelings of discontent. I hope if you’re in this season now you’ll take the time to allow yourself a few minutes a day to do what you love, too. I found it was the thing that kept me balanced and energized.

Taking the time.
The young stage my kids are in is the sweetest. Chip and I are their favorite people and they still stop what they’re doing to greet us at the door when we get home. I really want to savor this season for as long as I can. When I get home from work I try and leave my phone in the car and make that intentional effort to play and connect face to face with them. Even when I’m tired at the end of a long day, it’s fuel to see the look in their eyes when I ask them to cook with me or go play outside. As a mom, sometimes I have to change my mindset and remind myself what’s important. I only have so many hours a day to spend with these sweet, little people. And they won’t be little forever. So I get up and keep moving.

The littlest things.
The details have always mattered to me, especially when it comes to my kids. Whether I’m making cereal for breakfast or a big, fancy dinner, I want them to know that celebrating them in small ways in everyday life is a big deal to me. When Chip and I are traveling a lot, the first thing I want to do when I get home is cook. I want my kids to have the security that when momma’s home, there will be a good meal. At my birthday breakfast a couple weeks ago, Chip had the kids go around the table to say what they love most about Mom, and each one of their answers was that I cook for them. I’ve been cooking since they were born, and I’ve never heard them say anything like that. The fact that they notice and feel provided for in the kitchen was a sweet moment for me.

Motherhood can be difficult. It’s not an instant gratification thing all the time. When your kiddos are just babies and you’re changing diapers or listening to whining constantly, it can feel overwhelming. But I want to encourage you, because one day you’ll be sitting around a table for your birthday breakfast and you’ll realize that their little hearts are thankful for you. And they do notice things like mom’s homemade meals.

I hope you feel so loved and celebrated this Mother’s Day. And no matter what season you find yourself in, just know that you are doing enough, and you are loved and appreciated. Take a few moments today to look around and appreciate your children and the stage they’re in. I know for me, the thought of them growing up and moving off makes me want to burst into tears! So this Mother’s Day I plan to milk it for all it’s worth, and squeeze them just a little longer."

GEEK OUT! (What's a Dehu?)

5/4/2018 (Permalink)

As a water damage restoration professional, we need professional-grade equipment that helps us tackle the toughest of jobs and deliver outstanding results for our clients. A powerful dehumidifier is a key component in our suite of tools. But what does a dehumidifier do? 

Conventional dehumidifiers are designed for most water-damage remediation projects, and they can easily be transported from job to job and loaded and unloaded from a vehicle. They condense water vapor by passing air over refrigerated coils, and a heat pipe prevents frost from forming. This type of dehu can also be used in your home for moisture management. It helps to keep moisture levels more comfortable in humid environments, and helps ward off musty odors. 

We use machines called LGR Dehumidifiers. LGR stands for low-grain refrigerant, which is a fancy way of saying these dehumidifiers provide maximum power in removing moisture from the air. How do they work? LGR dehumidifiers feature a double cooling system that lowers the temperature of moisture-filled air once inside the machine. This leads to more condensation that forms on the coils inside the machine, which in turn leads to more moisture pumped out and less moisture in the air that is returned to the room.  

Now for my favorite dehu! *Drumroll*

The Phoenix Dry Max! What is special about the Dry Max? It's tiny compared to its brothers and sisters, but it still packs the same punch! It has an integrated handle and wheels as well as onboard storage for the power cord and condensate hose! 

Graduation Gift Ideas to Help Them Take On the World

5/3/2018 (Permalink)

With graduations right around the corner, here are some ideas for your grad to help them out in the world. 

Grads need (but often can't yet afford) help with their #adulting. So buy them high-quality items that serve everyday needs, from a chic organic-cotton tote to noise-canceling headphones for working in a cubicle.

Or for the dorm-room dweller who’s short on space (and time), a small coffee machine has a tiny footprint and brews a great cup in a minute.

Salad containers are always a smart choice. A lesson they probably didn’t learn in school: Dressing a to-go salad at home means some pretty soggy leaves at lunchtime. 

Quilts are excellent gifts that make a bed instantly feel like home.

Place a cherished family photo into a pretty frame for a timeless gift that your grad will hold onto for years to come.

If your recent grad is moving into his or her first apartment, plates and dishes will come in handy. 

Your student will soon be cooking meals for his- or herself on a daily basis, so make sure they have the tools for success -- like essential pots, pans and skillets. We recommend nonstick pieces for easy care.

And every grown-up needs a robe to lounge around in on lazy mornings. Monogram it as an additional thoughtful option!

Oh the places you will go! Good luck 2018 Graduates! 

10 Ways to Help the World on Earth Day

4/19/2018 (Permalink)

This Earth Day, be part of a movement. On April 22, 2018, more than 1 billion people in 192 countries are expected to join together to protect our common home.  People will clean up their communities, talk to local leaders about their environmental concerns and spend time with their families outdoors. Here are 10 ways you can help.

1. Learn more about climate change.

2. Advocate for our Earth and its people.

3. Plant a tree in your community.

4.  Support farmers and their families.

5. Pray.

6. Attend a farmers’ market.

7. Support ethical trade.

8. Be the change.

9. Fundraise.

10. Connect on social media and share.

And with Earth Day just around the corner, the internet and Pinterest is all a-flutter with Earth Day activities for kids.  The ideas range from recycling arts and crafts to outdoor gardening to fun kid-friendly recipes.  Here are 25 ideas to celebrate Earth Day with your kids.

25 AWESOME EARTH DAY ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS

#nationalsmallbusinessweek

4/19/2018 (Permalink)

National Small Business Week 2018 kicks off today with an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. where national award winners including the naming of this year's national Small Business Person of the Year will be recognized and awarded for their achievements.

This is an annual event hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration to recognize the nation's top small businesses, entrepreneurs, small business advocates and champions. Every day they're working to grow small businesses, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America's global competitiveness.

SBA Administrator Linda McMahon will personally present all the awards at a ceremony April 29-30 in Washington, D.C.and then will travel to events in Florida, South Carolina and North Carolina.

To honor, celebrate, and support all of our small businesses check out our local Downtown Paris Association page for information on how you can Shop/Eat/Live local in our own community. You can also visit their facebook page for interesting reviews and information about our businesses downtown. 

The Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce is also very active in supporting our local small businesses, often holding functions with the Director and other members of the community. Check out their page for a calendar of events that you won't want to miss. 

Hurricane Harvey

4/16/2018 (Permalink)

Hurricane Harvey is tied with Hurricane Katrina as the costliest tropical cyclone on record, inflicting $125 billion in damage, primarily from catastrophic rainfall-triggered flooding in the Houston metropolitan area. In a four-day period, many areas received more than 40 inches of rain as the system slowly meandered over eastern Texas and adjacent waters, causing unprecedented flooding. The resulting floods inundated hundreds of thousands of homes, displaced more than 30,000 people, and prompted more than 17,000 rescues.

Two weeks after the initial disaster, we were on scene. Our experience in Houston will be one of the most memorable for our company. Floors, walls, and ceilings were affected in most homes we helped. These surfaces, only days after the waters had receded, were covered in mold. This mold, black mold, had to be removed from the homes. Here is a link to better understand the mold and black mold. 

http://www.SERVPROlblsouth.com/black-mold

There were streets upon streets of personal belongings, furniture, pictures, carpet, drapes... piled 6 to 8 feet high on curbs. These were memories... But the people of Houston persevered. The people of Houston, even on their worst days, were some of the most uplifting and optimistic people we've ever met in the face of disaster. A part of my heart will always be in Houston. You are a positive force in our country. It was a pleasure to have met them even in the direst of circumstances.